Manor College Honors Women’s History Month

A month dedicated to remembering and honoring different women throughout history, Women’s History Month allows us to look into our own community.  We spoke to various women in the Manor Community including Dr. Diane Pevar, Assistant Dean of Academic Support and Retention.  We asked her several questions about what this month means to her and these are her responses: Why do you think Women’s History Month is important? I have two answers for this questions: (1) I think we have an information gap in the world today.  By that I mean that far too many girls and women are unaware of how oppressed women have been throughout history and that we continue to be treated unequally. The first step to moving forward is to understand how far we’ve come and what still needs to be done. (2) It’s very important to provide girls with role models who can inspire them and, through their stories and achievements, lay out a path that others can follow. Are there any women throughout history that have impacted you in any way? If so who and why? Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher and Indira Gandhi are among my heroes because they were elected to the highest positions in their countries (all prime ministers) long before women’s rights were recognized. In the United States we have very few females serving in government and, of course, have yet to elect a female President. I strongly support organizations such as Running Start that are dedicated to education and to getting young women involved in politics.  To effect change our voices must be heard. Is there any advice you would like to give to female Manor students? Words of encouragement? Dream big and never give up your dreams.  Women are needed in every career, but you may have to fight for the opportunity to achieve your dreams. You are never alone; there are women who have forged the path you’re on who will always extend a helping hand to you. Stay tuned throughout this month for more stories about women in the Manor community!

Manor College’s Joanna Bassert, VMD wins McGuffy Longevity Award

On February 22, 2017,  Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) announced the winners of the  William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award.  Included in the list of six winners was McCurnin’s Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 8th edition by Dr. Joanna M. Bassert and John A. Thomas.  Dr. Bassert is Director and Professor for the Program of Veterinary Technology at Manor College.   The textbook is a core text for most of the Veterinary Technology programs in the U.S. and Canada.  Additionally, it has been translated into many languages throughout the world. Dr. Bassert’s work on the book began nearly 20 years ago when she started on the Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians when it was in its 5th edition.  Bassert stated that this award “acknowledges the sustained effort of Dr. Dennis McCurnin (who worked on the first 7 editions) and me (who worked on editions 5-9).  It also represents a passion for the profession and a vision for its role in veterinary medicine. Amy Daskilewicz, a Vet Tech major at Manor College said, “Dr. Bassert is an invaluable asset, not only to the Vet Tech program at Manor, but to the whole school. I’m very proud when I tell prospective vet tech students that the head of the department is also the author of the textbook.” Joanna Bassert has been working at Manor College since 1992.  She has taught Introduction to Veterinary Technology, Clinical Pathology, Small Animal Procedures, Animal Anatomy and Physiology, and Sophomore Clinical Externships.  Her academic specialties and interests include Comparative Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology.  Dr. Bassert will be accepting the William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award early this Summer. Congratulations Dr. Bassert!

Ukraine Dialogue: Education as the Battlefront of Democracy

If you attended our Ukraine Dialogue: Education as the Battlefront of Democracy – please take our attendee survey here Ukraine Dialogue: Education as the Battlefront of Democracy On April 6, 2017 at 2pm, Manor College will host it’s third Ukraine focused dialogue, with the focus and title being, Ukraine: Education as the Battlefront of Democracy. This dialogue will be held in the Manor College auditorium at 2pm (reserve your FREE ticket here) and will host a networking luncheon prior to the dialogue at 12:30pm (purchase your luncheon ticket here). This dialogue will examine the most crucial areas of educational reform needed in Ukraine in order to protect and preserve free and democratic ideals. Currently, the chief looming crises in Ukrainian education are conflicting ideals held by post-communist era sympathizers who have failed to embrace Western philosophies, and pay-to-GPA corruption where those entrusted with educating Ukraine’s students are accepting cash for grades.  The issues have connection through Ukraine’s history with Russia and the resultant impact of the strained relationship on Ukraine’s economy.  Is there hope for reform and increased international credibility of the Ukrainian educational system?  Can the Ukrainian community and concerned Americans help Ukraine to resolve these crises?  Join us for our program and help us as we work toward uncovering and acting to embolden a solution.       Speakers will include:  Dr. Serhiy Kvit, Professor of Kyiv-Mohyla School of Journalism and former Minister in the Ministry on Education and Science of Ukraine Alex Kuzma, Chief Development Officer of the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation Dr. Andriy V. Zagorodnyuk, Vice-Rector of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University Moderator:  Dr. Albert Kipa, Former Rector ‘President’ of Ukrainian Free University in Munich, German, Professor Laureate of Comparative Literature, Muhlenberg College Thank you to our sponsors:  Ukrainian Selfreliance Federal Credit Union Ukrainian National Federal Credit Union Ukrainian Congress Committee, Philadelphia Chapter Organization for the Defense of Four Freedoms for Ukraine Register for this FREE dialogue here and register for the networking luncheon here    

Manor College Professor, JP Lutz’s Sports Memorabilia Shop, ‘Bucks County Baseball Co.’ Wins Small Business Revolution with Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec

JP Lutz, Assistant Professor in Sports Management at Manor College is a proud small business owner, running Bucks County Baseball Co. in Bristol, Pennsylvania alongside his father and lifelong Bristol Borough resident, Jim Lutz since 2011. Bucks County Baseball Co. started out of a passion for sports. JP and his father Jim are avid sports fans and memorabilia collectors. Bucks County Baseball Co. started in 2011 as an online business. “We recognized that the sports collectibles industry had changed and how people were consuming sports collectible had transitioned to more of an e-commerce platform,” says JP Lutz. JP was running the business out of the basement of his house for about 2 years and then was looking for a larger fulfillment center. JP says, “We had an opportunity to purchase one of the largest retail spaces on Mill Street (formerly Spectors Army Navy store). We developed an entire new concept focused on vintage sports collectibles and officially opened our retail business in the summer of 2013 to compliment our online presence” On February 22, 2017, Small Business Revolution, a online tv series focused on telling stories of America’s most inspiring small businesses that features Amanda Brinkman and ‘Shark Tank’s’ Robert Herjavec, announced that Bristol Borough was the 2017 Small Business Revolution – Main Street winners.  This means that Bristol Borough will not only win an incredible $500,000 to put towards revitalizing their small businesses,  but several small businesses will receive hands on assistance from small business experts – Lutz is hoping that Bucks County Baseball Co. will be one of those lucky businesses that get to work alongside Brinkman and Herjavec. Lutz says, “ We view our Bucks County Baseball Co. as a cornerstone for the town’s revitalization efforts. We understand that our success is the town’s success. The support of the Small Business Revolution could help us attract a much larger customer base and truly develop unique sports related experiences that would put Bristol Borough on the map.” As a Manor College professor, Lutz brings his experience being an entrepreneur into the classroom and on campus. Early this month, Lutz ran an autograph signing with former Philadelphia Flyers left-wing, Brian Propp and had Manor Sport Management students help run the logistics and day-of-operations of the signing. JP is looking forward to incorporating more Manor students into his shop, and thinks it’s a great way to give the students hands-on experience in being an entrepreneur. Currently Bucks County Baseball Co. has submitted their application to be selected as one of the Small Business Revolution features, to get hands-on assistance and featured in an episode on the show.  The winning applicants that will be featured in the Main Street series will be announced on March 10th. Watch this video to see Professor JP Lutz (minute 2:07) and the rest of Bristol Borough:  

Manor to Host “Martyrdom Redefined”

Manor to Host “Martyrdom Redefined”: Symposium on the 100th Anniversary of the Passing of Bishop Stephen Soter Ortynsky, OSBM On Saturday April 1, 2017 from  2:00 – 5:00 pm in the Manor College Basileiad Library at  700 Fox Chase Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046, the Shevchenko Scientific Society in partnership with Manor College are hosting a symposium about Bishop Stephen Soter Ortynsky, OSBM. Program and Speakers Registration is from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Welcome from Dr. Jonathan Peri, President, Manor College Benediction from Most Reverend Stefan Soroka, Metropolitan Archbishop, Ph.D., D.D. Introduction Bishop Soter Ortynsky Re-Examined from Andrij V.R. Szul, Ph.D., J.D. First Session with Moderator – Iryna Ivankovych, Ph.D.  Challenges for a Bishop in a Missionary Land from Most Rev. Basil H. Losten, Bishop Emeritus, D.D., LLD (Hon.) The Real Stephen Soter Ortynsky from Very Rev. Ivan Kaszczak, Ph.D. Discussion  Second Session with Moderator – Nicholas Rudnytzky, M.A. Bishop Ortynsky’s Lifeline: The Sisters of St. Basil The Great from Sister Ann Laszok, OSBM, M.A. The Tragic End of Bishop Ortynsky – Resolved or Solved? from Alexander Lushnycky, Ph.D. Discussion and Reception with Wine and Cheese   Speaker Profiles    Andrij V.R. Szul, M.M., Ph.D., J.D. A Professor of Law and Humanities at the Ukrainian Free Univ. in Munich, previously, was a Law Professor at the State Univ. of NY, Pennsylvania State Univ., St. John’s Univ. College of Business, and of English and Music at Manor College; has served as a NY State Administrative Law Judge, Nassau County (NY) Child Abuse Prosecutor in Family Court, and General Counsel to the Chairman of the 7th Committee (Legal) of the Security Council of the U.N. in NY. Dr. Szul is First Vice President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the U.S., and a member of the Ukrainian Advisory Board at Manor College. Most Rev. Basil H. Losten, D.D., S.T.L., LLD. (Hon.), Bishop-Emeritus, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, CT, formerly, Auxiliary Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. For many years, Bishop Losten has held key leadership roles in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and in the world-wide Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Very Rev. Ivan Kaszczak, M.A., M.Ed, Ph.D., a Ukrainian Catholic Priest since 1985, is Pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Kerhonkson, NY and St. John the Baptist Church in Hunter, NY. He is the author of a book about Bishop Ortynsky (2016), in addition to three others, including one about Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky (published in Ukrainian in 2003, and in English in 2013), the Education of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Clergy in the U.S. (English edition in 2005, and Ukrainian in 2006), and editor of History of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the U.S. (2017). Formerly, Vice Rector, Academic Dean and a Professor at St. Basil College-Seminary, Stamford, CT, he also has served on the faculty of Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, and lectured at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. Fr. Ivan is a Lt. Colonel and Chaplain, U.S. Air Force (ret.)    Rev. Sister Ann Laszok, OSBM, M.A., a Manor College Alumna, former Professor and Dean (1975-88), currently, is Religious Education Director (1988 to present) for the St. Josaphat Eparchy in Parma, OH, where she has produced a number of catechetical books and videos, spearheaded the Generations of Faith for Byzantine Churches program, and organized the Basilian Volunteer Outreach Mission in Ukraine for needy and orphaned children. Currently, Sr. Ann serves as a Provincial Councillor, Order of St. Basil the Great in the U.S. (2010 – ), and is a Member of the Patriarchal Catechetical Commission of Ukraine in Kyiv (2002 – ), and the Association of Eastern Catholic Eparchial Directors (1977 – ). Alexander Lushnycky, M.A., Ph.D. Educator, Historian of Immigration in the U.S., Co-editor, Encyclopedia of Ukrainian Diaspora (published by the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the U.S.), since 1976 has authored and edited twenty-three books on Ukrainian Immigration to the U.S., and is a long-time Associated Researcher at the University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center in Minneapolis, and the Ukrainian Museum and Library of the Stamford, CT Eparchy. One of his specialty areas is the history of the Ukrainian Press in the U.S. Dr. Lushnycky formerly served as Principal of the Ukrainian Heritage School in Philadelphia (1990–2003), currently, serves as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the U.S., and is a member of the Ukrainian Advisory Board at Manor College.